Historic Properties: City Centre (North)
Jesus Lane, Cambridge. CB5 8BL • (01223) 339339
Today Jesus College is one of the larger colleges in Cambridge, but until the late 19th century it was one of the smallest and poorest. The College has an impressive permanent collection, including outdoor sculptures which are free to view.
Its origins lie 400 years earlier, when John Alcock, Bishop of Ely, decided to convert a derelict nunnery on the eastern edge of Cambridge into a community for graduate priests studying in the University.
The College’s 19th century transformation was largely due to the energy and enterprise of Henry Arthur Morgan. Morgan was Tutor from 1863 to 1885 and then Master until his death in 1912. He recognised the growing demand for university education from the expanding Victorian professional and middle classes. Cambridge University, like Oxford, was slowly responding to this change by widening its curriculum and allowing more teaching posts to be held by men who weren't part of the clergy.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 10am-5pm daily when the College is open. Opening hours are subject to examinations and holidays and you should check the college website before planning your visit. Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located to the north of the city centre on the corner of Jesus Lane and Victoria Avenue.
Cambridge railway station: 25 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. CB5 8BL • (01223) 339339
Last Updated Friday 29 April 2022
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